Massachusetts Opening Fields for Practice, No-Contact Drills

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Cities across the United States, including Newton, Mass., are beginning to reopen their athletic facilities for youth sports.

The Boston Globe reported on how Newton is getting ready to reopen June 15, including issuing permits to local youth teams looking to take the field. The public is also free to use open spaces when teams aren’t present.

No games are allowed, but Newton — and the rest of Massachusetts — is able to hold tryouts, clinics, no-contact drills and practice sessions to get kids outside during the second phase of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to reopen the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Massachusetts, which went into a state of emergency on March 10, entered Phase 2 on Monday. According to, the phase includes sports programs restarting, playgrounds opening, childcare facilities opening, retail stores letting people inside, and restaurants serving people outside.

All reopened businesses must follow restrictions, including youth sports maintaining 6-foot social distancing. Coaches and spectators must wear face coverings, according to The Boston Globe, but participants can remove masks as long as they maintain social distancing.

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